2013 South Texas Climatological Summary

Overall, 2013 was a wetter year than 2012 for South Texas. Most areas received as much as 5-10 inches of rain above what they had received in 2012. This was especially true across the Brush Country where most areas received above normal rainfall. At the official station in Laredo, 21.63 inches was observed which is 1.43 inches above normal. Many areas in the Brush Country were as much as 6 to 8 inches above normal for the year with some isolated areas across southern Duval, southern Jim Wells, and portions of Webb counties as much as 12 inches above normal. Several significant rainfall events such as the Nueces River Watershed flooding event on October 13th and 14th and the Easter Sunday Brush Country large hail event occurred across the Brush Country, helping to produce above normal rainfall for 2013. Although Corpus Christi received more rainfall than 2012, the 23.45 inches that was observed for 2013 was still 8.31 inches below normal. In Victoria, only 25.56 inches was observed which was 15.66 inches below normal. Portions of the northeast Coastal Bend including the Victoria area actually received less rainfall in 2013 than in 2012.

2013 Corpus Christi Temperatures 2013 Corpus Christi Precipitation
2013 Victoria Temperatures 2013 Victoria Precipitation
2013 Laredo Temperatures 2013 Laredo Precipitation

As a result of the overall increased rainfall observed in 2013, the drought status for South Texas actually improved by several categories except in the northeast Coastal Bend area due to the continued large rainfall deficits within this region. Drought improvement was the most dramatic across the Brush Country where some areas went from an exceptional drought to the "abnormally dry" drought category. In fact portions of Webb, La Salle, and McMullen counties actually completely ended their drought due to the above normal rainfall received within this region in 2013.

January 1, 2013 Drought Status
December 31, 2013 Drought Status

In terms of temperatures, 2013 was warmer than normal for South Texas. Corpus Christi experienced its 4th warmest year since 1889. Victoria and Laredo experienced its 37th warmest year and 18th warmest years of all time. Of course, these temperatures were not nearly as warm as those observed in 2012 which was the warmest of all-time for Corpus Christi and the 2nd warmest of all-time for both Victoria and Laredo.

2013 Corpus Christi Monthly Summary
2013 Victoria Monthly Summary
2013 Laredo Monthly Summary

June 29, 2013 was the warmest day of the entire year for South Texas. Record highs were set for Corpus Christi, Victoria, and Laredo on that day. It was so hot on this day that both Corpus Christi and Victoria set their all-time warmest ever June temperature record for June 29, 2013. Although 2013 was overall warmer than normal, there were still several cold days experienced. On the mornings of January 16th and 17th, 2013, a chilly high pressure area settled across South Texas. During this timeframe, the lowest temperature recorded was 35 degrees for Corpus Christi, 31 degrees for Victoria, and 34 degrees for Laredo. On the mornings of November 27th and 28th, 2013, the lowest temperature recorded was 38 degrees for Corpus Christi, 33 degrees for Victoria, and 34 degrees for Laredo. One of the coldest air masses of the year occurred on the morning of Christmas Eve 2013. Corpus Christi, Victoria, and Laredo observed their 2nd coldest temperature of the year on Christmas Eve of 35 degrees, 30 degrees and 35 degrees, respectively.

Once again, South Texas did not experience a direct impact from a tropical cyclone. However, higher than normal tides, rip currents, and swells from both Hurricane Ingrid in middle September and Tropical Storm Karen in early October did impact the Middle Texas Coast.


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